Communication Tips – Paraphrasing

28. August 2019 at 10:00

Communication tips by Nursing on the Move.

nom-eu-logoAre you a medical professional who uses a foreign language at work?
Do you have a friend who speaks a foreign language at work or has a cultural background different from colleagues/customers?

Boost your professional interactions by trying the following tips.

Verbal Encouragement: Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing is a type of verbal encouragement and it means restating what you have heard and understood in your own words. Paraphrasing can be a good way to check whether your own interpretation of what a patient has said is accurate. By playing back the message in your own words, you show the patient what you have understood.  Following your paraphrasing with a short phrase like, Is this correct? gives the patient the opportunity to correct any misunderstandings, and to embellish the story further if they would like to.

The process of paraphrasing involves eliciting, organising and reflecting on the information a patient provides. This process is something both you and your patients can learn from.

© 2019 Communication for Professionals

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The Inner Consultation: How to Develop an Effective and Intuitive Consulting Style
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